Tour d’Azerbaidjan is an international bicycle race that takes place annually in Azerbaijan and is part of the UCI Europe Tour. For the third year in a row German System Integrator Broadcast Solutions supported the local broadcaster with technology and manpower. Over the years Broadcast Solutions supported the local production company Baku Media Center with production vehicles – especially a Streamline S16 OB Van and DSNG, built by the German company – plus production support with camera motorcycles, helicopters and planes, special camera systems as well as additional staff to support Baku Media Center during the production.

In 2016 Broadcast Solutions again plays a big role taking care of all the logistics providing the camera motorcycles, Cineflex camera systems plus key creative and technical personnel. For the third year in a row Broadcast Solutions offered production support to local broadcaster Baku Media Center during the coverage of prominent bicycle race “Tour d’Azerbaidjan”, part of the UCI Europe Tour, which took place in May 4 to 8 on four stages in Caucasus and the final stage in the capital Baku. Besides the use of a DSNG and an OB Van of the Streamline Family, Broadcast Solutions delivered to Baku Media Center in 2014, the support encompasses manpower, consulting and training as well as the supply of additional production technology.

The delivery of an OB Van and a DSNG to broadcaster Baku Media Center in 2014 marked the beginning of a close relationship between the two companies. Besides delivering the Live Production vehicles to Baku Media Center, Broadcast Solutions not only trained the OB Van teams on the vehicles; additionally Broadcast Solutions regularly supports the customer during production of big events.

At this years’ bicycle race Tour d’Azerbaidjan, for the third time the company backs Baku Media Center with specialists, its know-how on the hardware side as well as on the production itself. With this support, the local broadcaster was able to use the delivered OB Van and DSNG in the best possible way. Broadcast Solutions supported the production with a team of engineers and director, specialized on bicycle races, such as Tour de France or all bicycle sports during the Olympics. For instance for the live wireless aerial video transmission additional means such as motorcycles and an airplane (2015) were supplied. A specialized team covered the race via a helicopter with a Cineflex camera system.

In 2015 for instance the special production setup consisted of motorcycles at the racetrack and a helicopter that transmitted the video signals using RF uplink to the airplane. The airplane again covered the downlink of the signals to a receiving point at the finish line – a 30m crane. Then the signal was processed in the OB Van located at the finish. A further task was to ensure the seamless integration of the RF signals into the production truck located at the finish line. This was done by integration of the RF equipment in the back of the HD truck.

Over the years production setups changed from one event to the other where Broadcast Solutions was responsible for the integration of additional equipment into the production chain (OB Van, DSNG, helicopter, motorcycles, etc.) to ensure a seamless workflow. Besides hardware, logistics and training of teams on-site Broadcast Solutions provided additional staff to support the local broadcaster.

The long lasting relationship and the successful production in 2016 again proves Broadcast Solutions’ ability to support the customer – beyond the delivery of production tools – with support, training and consultancy. This even more enables the customer to realise the best production possible.


Andreas Höflich
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